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Barnicoat is victorious at Most and takes championship lead

by Gruz David
Photo: Formula Renault 2.0 NEC

Photo: Formula Renault 2.0 NEC

Racing Steps Foundation-backed Ben Barnicoat celebrated his second victory in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC in the first race of the penultimate round of the season at Most.

Although it was Seb Morris who topped the first qualifying session and was set to start the race from pole, a five-place grid penalty for the Welshman allowed Alex Albon and Barnicoat to occupy the front row.

At the start, Barnicoat took the lead from the Thai driver and would maintain it until the checkered flag with Albon finishing just a second behind him.

Morris kept his championship hopes alive as he fought his way back to the podium, taking advantage car failures for Gustav Malja and Julio Moreno, who both ran in the top five during the opening stint of the race.

Title contender Steijn Schothorst was also forced to retire from seventh after mechanical issues with the car, allowing Barnicoat and Louis Deletraz, who took fourth, to pull away in the standings.

Kevin Jorg and series returnee Andrea Pizzitola took fifth and sixth respectively, followed by reigning BRDC F4 champion Jake Hughes, who completed his first race with his new team ART.

Euronova’s Ukyo Sasahara and ART Junior Team’s Callan O’Keeffe finished eighth and ninth, both retaining mathematical chances in the title fight. Austrian Stefan Riener,?competing for Speedfish, completed the top ten.

Although the penultimate round of the 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC season had been planned to have three races, the second one was cancelled due to heavy rain. As such, race two based on results from the second qualifying will be run later on Sunday instead of the originally planned reverse-grid race three.

Barnicoat is currently leading the championship with 210 points. Deletraz is nine points adrift, while Schothorst is now 27 points off the lead.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Ben Barnicoat Fortec Motorsports 15 laps in 25:30.332
2 Alex Albon KTR +1.063
3 Seb Morris Fortec Motorsports +2.427
4 Louis Deletraz Josef Kaufmann Racing +6.489
5 Kevin Jorg Josef Kaufmann Racing +7.028
6 Andrea Pizzitola Manor MP Motorsport +7.876
7 Jake Hughes ART Junior Team +9.021
8 Ukyo Sasahara Euronova +10.323
9 Callan O’Keeffe ART Junior Team +16.699
10 Stefan Riener Speedfish Racing +19.435
11 Josef Zaruba AVF +20.331
12 Ryan Tveter Josef Kaufmann Racing +20.887
13 Matthew Graham AVF +23.346
14 Gregor Ramsay KTR +25.570
15 Raoul Owens Mark Burdett Motorsport +29.145
16 Martin Kodric Fortec Motorsports +29.598
17 Cedric Freiburghaus Fragus BR Motorsport +29.919
18 Ivan Matveev Euronova +34.316
19 David Richert Inter Europol +59.171
20 Jules Gounon AVF +1:04.859
21 Gustav Malja Josef Kaufmann Racing +2 laps
Not classified
Steijn Schothorst Manor MP Motorsport +7 laps
Inigo Bikuna AVF +8 laps
Robin Hansson Fragus BR Motorsport +10 laps
Julio Moreno Manor MP Motorsport +13 laps
Roy Geerts AVF +15 laps
DNS Harri Salminen PositiOne